Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Holding the Sunken Road

Wednesday 14th March 1917 from our correspondent in the field

Last night around 8 pm C Company of the 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment was ordered to occupy the sunken road from the “star crossroads” (where five roads meet as shown on the map above) north-west to the railway line and and so connect with 62nd Brigade on the left. A and B companies were ordered to move up in close support.

By 1 am the sunken road was occupied by C Company under the very able leadership of Lieutenant Steel. D Company was also in the line on the right of C Company, with A and B Companies in close support. The shelling was very heavy and there was intense machine gun fire. These positions have been held all day by the companies concerned

Source: X550/8/1

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